Hypoestes phyllostachya.

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Hypoestes are small plants that are very widespread and appreciated for their delicate beauty.

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The genus Hypoestes phyllostachya is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Acanthaceae family. It originates from Madagascar, southern Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Description:

Plants of this genus are evergreen, with a bushy or shrubby appearance, appreciated for the beauty of their variegated leaves, which add a touch of cheerfulness to indoor spaces. They typically do not grow very tall, usually not exceeding one meter in height. The leaves are opposite, with petioles, commonly ovate-lanceolate, and feature blurred spots ranging in color from cream to deep pink. In some varieties, the spots cover the entire leaf.

Flowers:

The flowers are small and not particularly showy, commonly appearing at the leaf axils from late summer to winter.

Cultivation:

Hypoestes are commonly cultivated as indoor plants. They prefer warm temperatures, around 21°C in summer and not less than 13-15°C in winter. They require bright light but avoid direct sunlight exposure. They dislike cold drafts.

Watering and Transplanting:

In spring and summer, water generously but avoid waterlogging. In winter, reduce watering. They should be repotted annually in spring, using a fertile substrate mixed with sand to improve drainage.

Fertilization:

During spring and summer, fertilize every 2-3 weeks with a liquid fertilizer diluted in water.

Diseases and Care:

Hypoestes are not typically affected by diseases but may be susceptible to infestations by mealybugs. Common issues include wilting and dropping leaves due to extreme temperatures or improper watering, and bronzed leaves due to excessive light exposure.

Remedies:

- Adjust watering and light exposure as needed.

- Treat mealybug infestations with an appropriate insecticide.

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Data sheet

Name
Hypoestes.
Origen
South Africa, Asia
Height
15-20 cm
Colour
Green, red, white spotted leaves
Flowering
Spring, summer and autumn
Location
Semishade
Irrigation
Moderated
Applications
Indoor plant
Sales format
Maceta 15cms de diámetro
Others
It does not resist frosts
Note
Being the product a living plant and depending on the season, this plant could be received, in some cases, not exactly the same as in the photography, but as similar as possible, without impacting on quality of the same.

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